BILL WILLIAMS (trumpet) has had a distinguished career as an orchestral and chamber musician. Most recently he served as acting principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony from 2004-2008. During the four years he occupied the chair, he performed on numerous international concert tours and featured prominently as the principal trumpet on the San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas recordings of Mahler’s Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Mahler Symphony No. 7 and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. He was also a featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony in subscription concert performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 during the 2006-2007 season.
Prior engagements have included positions as principal trumpet of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and as the solo trumpet of the Berne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as principal trumpet with other orchestras including the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the City of Barcelona (Spain) Symphony Orchestra. As guest principal trumpet, he has performed with the Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Malmo (Sweden) Symphony, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
In addition to his orchestral engagements, Williams is an active chamber musician/soloist and has performed with various ensembles performing repertoire from the Baroque to the Avant-Garde. His collaborations have included concerts with the Toronto-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, Germany, and the American Bach Soloists. Recent solo projects have included recitals in Switzerland and the US. He has also been featured as a soloist with the Berne Symphony Orchestra at Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Hall.
In addition to his performing activities, he has collaborated with noted sport psychologist Dr. Don Greene, and has presented lectures and master classes targeted at improving musicians' performance in stressful situations. As an educator, Mr. Williams has been a member of the visiting faculties of the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music.
A native of Connecticut, Bill studied at the Eastman School of Music, receiving the Bachelor of Music Degree with the Performer's Certificate. He is a recipient of the Master of Arts in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. Mr. Williams currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Margot and their young son.